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KLAUS SIMON

The pianist and conductor Klaus Simon was born in Überlingen am Bodensee and studied Music, German and Geography in Freiburg. He was a piano pupil of Michael Leuschner and participated in mastercourses with Aloys Kontarsky (piano) and Hans Zender and Johannes Kalitzke (conducting). He founded and is the artistic director of the Holst Sinfonietta and the Young Opera Company, with both of which he has dedicated himself particularly to music of the twentieth century. He initiated and led in Freiburg a series of Lieder recitals and, as an accompanist, combines standard repertoire with less frequently heard works, including songs by Schoenberg, Pfitzner, Korngold (8.572027), Rihm, Hindemith, Bridge, Holst, Rebecca Clarke, Crumb and Argento. His work for Naxos includes the complete songs of Pfitzner and of Korngold, chamber works by Schwantner (8.559206), I was looking at the Ceiling and Then I saw the Sky by John Adams (8.669003–04) and for cpo he has recorded Korngold’s last stage work, Die stumme Serenade. He was a co-producer with SWR of Claude Vivier’s opera Kopernikus and conducted a studio performance. Since 2007 Klaus Simon has worked as an arranger with Universal Edition/Wien. His editions of Mahler’s Symphonies Nos 1, 4 and 9 and Wunderhornlieder, and Schoenberg’s Orchestral Songs, Op 8, for chamber orchestra have been played widely throughout the world. His new arrangements for chamber ensemble of Ravel’s opera L’heure espagnole and Alban Berg’s Clarinet Pieces, Op 5 had their premières both scheduled in 2013.


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